Istanbul consulates evacuated

2014-10-24 22:22
US warship the USS Truxtun sails through the Bosphorus Strait en route to the Black Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Emrah Gurel, AP)

US warship the USS Truxtun sails through the Bosphorus Strait en route to the Black Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Emrah Gurel, AP)

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Istanbul - Turkish authorities say the consulates of Canada, Belgium and Germany in Istanbul have been evacuated after receiving suspicious packages on Friday.

Dogan Eskinat, a spokesperson for Turkey's emergence management agency, AFAD, said that seven people from the Canadian consulate have been hospitalised as a precaution after one of them opened a package and was exposed to a yellow powder.

Dogan said that as part of standard procedures, Turkish authorities have sent samples for testing.

Claude Rochon, spokesperson at Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, said: "All staff at the Canadian mission are safe and accounted for."

The German Foreign Ministry said that the German consulate in Istanbul received a "suspicious object," that the staff members are safe and the Turkish authorities were notified.

A ministry spokesperson declined to elaborate.

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